2021 Kia K5 Trims: What Are the Differences?

2021 Kia K5

Experience an upscale driving experience at a price your wallet will love when you pick the 2021 Kia K5. Previously known as the Optima, the K5 was re-branded and enhances sporty qualities, daring design, and a driver-centric cockpit. So, which Kia K5 trim is right for you? Continue reading to learn more. If you have any questions, give us a call at (203) 883-8888, text us, or send us a message online.

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2021 Kia K5LX

2021 Kia K5 LX

Starting MSRP $23,490

Key Features & Specs

The LX kicks off the 2021 K5 lineup with a bang. The 2021 Kia K5 LX has all of the comfort, convenience, and technology features you need. Take a look at the list below to learn more.

  • 1.6L turbo four-cylinder with 180 HP and 195 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Electronic parking brake
  • 16-in. alloy wheels
  • LED multi-reflector headlights
  • 8-in. touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay® , Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® wireless connectivity
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • USB multimedia and charging port
  • Auto emergency braking technology
  • Lane keeping and lane following assist technology
  • Driver attention warning
  • Leading vehicle departure alert
  • High beam assist
  • Electronic stability control

2021 Kia K5LXS

2021 Kia K5 LXS

Starting MSRP $24,490

Key Features & Specs

The 2021 Kia K5 LXS includes most of the specs from the LX, as well as:

  • 60/40 split-fold rear seats
  • Smart trunk
  • Smart key with push button start
  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Rear cross traffic collision warning

2021 Kia K5GT-Line

2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

Starting MSRP $25,390

Key Features & Specs

Step it up a notch with the GT-Line. The 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line includes amenities from the LXS, plus:

  • 18-in. GT-Line Sport Black finish alloy wheels
  • Cloth and SynTex seating material
  • Ten-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Gloss Black rear spoiler
  • GT-Line front and rear bumpers
  • Flat bottom steering wheel
  • LED multi-reflector headlights, fog lights, and rear combination lights

2021 Kia K5EX

2021 Kia K5 EX

Starting MSRP $27,990

Key Features & Specs

Next is the 2021 Kia K5 EX. The EX builds off of the GT-Line, and includes the following amenities:

  • 18-in. gray machine finish alloy wheels
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Available 12 speaker Bose® audio system
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Genuine wood trim
  • Panoramic sunroof

2021 Kia K5GT

2021 Kia K5 GT

Starting MSRP $30,490

Key Features & Specs

Coming in late November 2020, the GT swaps out the 1.6L engine for a turbocharged 2.5L I4 and offers a more refined drive. The 2021 Kia K5 GT includes features from the EX, plus:

  • 2.5L turbo four-cylinder with 290 HP and 311 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Sport front bucket seats
  • Quad-tip exhaust tips
  • 19-in. alloy wheels


The 2021 Kia K5 has two available four-cylinder engines: a 1.6L turbo and 2.5L turbo. Regardless of which engine you decide to equip your K5 with, you’ll experience speedy acceleration and agile performance. See the table below to learn more about the engines available on the 2021 Kia K5.

Engine 1.6L turbo I4 2.5L turbo I4
Horsepower 180 HP 290 HP
Torque 195 lb.-ft. 311 lb.-ft.
MPG (city/hwy) 29/38 N/A
Transmission Eight-speed automatic Eight-speed automatic

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